AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, they have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries. In Sweden there are 3200 employees at 12 different locations. Consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability, AkzoNobel supplies industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products. Their portfolio includes well-known brands such as Eka, International, Nordsjö and Jozo.
10 March, 2011
The global climate target of AkzoNobel is to reduce the total impact on climate change of its products by 25-30 % across the entire value chain until 2020, based on 2012. AkzoNobel’s own operations account for 15 % of this total impact. The rest is in Scope 3. AkzoNobel does not have a specific target for its Swedish businesses.
How will the targets be achieved?
As AkzoNobel’s own operations account for a small part of the climate impact caused by their products, the focus is primarily to reduce climate impact upstream from raw materials and downstream by customers, end users and at end-of-life. AkzoNobel achieves this by, for example, entering into long-term agreements with renewable raw material suppliers, driving improvements with key suppliers and partnering with customers in developing more sustainable solutions. The production sites continuously work to reduce energy consumption, increase the share of renewable energy and reduce waste and emissions of primarily volatile organic compounds (VOCs). All of these have separate targets. An example of how AkzoNobel increase the share of renewable energy is their work in the Nordic wind consortium VindIn.
Johan Widheden, Global Sustainability Expert, AkzoNobel
Sustainability is a core principle that permeates AkzoNobel’s businesses globally. Our Swedish businesses often lead the way in our sustainability work and the major part of our Sustainability Group is located in Gothenburg. Through the Haga Initiative we have the possibility to work with other progressive companies to influence the climate mitigation activities in Sweden.
Global Sustainability Expert, AkzoNobel